The Subway Time is the first animated short I have featured from the Beijing Film Academy. The CG piece from Dongzhen Li is initially notable for its carefully drawn studies of predominantly young people in the morning underground train, each with their own peculiarities and characters, drawn in a slightly stylised anime or manga form – shorthand terms I admit for a complex body of work. I initially thought the drama might restrict itself to a sort of documentary approach, perhaps develop into a romance. Well to an extent the second is true though not before Dongzhen takes us on a frantic, eye-dropping adventure with train crash and fuzzy little men invading the carriages as passengers fight back or flee. As the accompanying making of video demonstrates the technical skill demonstrated here is first class from an obviously talented student. Were I to state a preference I should ask for more observational humour or drama (eating sandwiches, pulling faces, playing with ipod, train crash) than fuzzy aliens but watching the film with others I was outvoted by many to one. (What an alien actually looks like has taxed many directors from Steven Spielberg downwards.) Here the aliens are treated with humour even at the end after the credits and Dongzhen handles the young couple’s flight rather well I felt. He asks on Vimeo for us to enjoy it!! I did.